Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that will push you both mentally as well as physically. Ask anyone who’s been grappling for some time and they’ll tell you that the skills that you gain from Jiu-Jitsu can also transfer over into life. From pushing through obstacles to overcoming negative thinking, this wonderful sport offers an assortment of benefits that you can carry over into real-world situations. Below, we’ll talk about a few of them.
Develop Self-Confidence and Motivation
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that is really good at forcing you to stay focused on your goals. If you miss practice, for example, then you’re going to feel it when sparing. Likewise, if you slack off in important areas of life- like health or building strong relationships- then you are going to suffer in those areas. Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to become more confident in your abilities while providing you with the motivation that you need to chase down those goals that you really would like to see come true.
Creating More Happiness
One of the prime ways that Jiu-Jitsu will benefit your life is by making you happier. Practicing a sport that you love, while being surrounded by close friends, will serve as a source of joy that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. The constant challenges, the setbacks, and the triumphs are all a part of the happiness pyramid, and you will experience each of one these on your journey to becoming a black belt.
Better Overall Health
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply become healthier, practicing Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to make it happen. The great thing about this sport is that it virtually forces you to change your lifestyle for the better. Once you start training and becoming committed to getting better, you’ll automatically start jogging more, staying away from junk food, and getting a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis.
A Sense of Purpose
If you’re already a grappler then you already understand the great sense of purpose that Jiu-Jitsu can provide. There’s no better feeling than achieving a grappling goal that you’ve really been striving for, and it is this kind of “hunger” that can keep you pushing forward through the inevitable obstacles that life will throw at you.
Whether you’re a complete newbie or seasoned expert, this sport will help you grow as a person as well as provide you with a sense of purpose that you will feel daily. Few other sports can provide this type of consistent satisfaction.
Remember – There WILL Be Setbacks
In both Jiu-Jitsu as well as life, there will be setbacks. And a lot of the times, these setbacks may cause you to lose motivation. Fortunately, Jiu-Jitsu is a great sport for teaching you how to overcome these setbacks so that you can achieve what you really want in this world.
While tapping out to a deep triangle choke may cause you to feel down, the truth is that there is something to learn from that experience. Similar to life, there is always something to learn- even when you don’t achieve something that you really wanted.
There Are No “Quick Fixes”
Some people approach life with the victim mentality, as if the world owes them something. As a result, they search for the “easy fix” to their problems. Unfortunately, there is no easy button in life, and Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that represents this concept quite well. In fact, Jiu-Jitsu is the epitome of the “no shortcut” mentally because there is literally nothing else you can do to get better than put in the time training and getting better at the gym.
Your Body and Mind Are Your Greatest Assets
Something that you will truly come to appreciate about Jiu-Jitsu is that this is a sport that forces you to utilize your two most important weapons- your body and your mind. It is important that you exercise both of them on a daily basis. This includes not only building up your conditioning but also building your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Once you start investing in your body and mind, you will notice that great things will start happening both on and off the mat.
The Daily Grind is a Way of Life – One That Teaches Many Lessons
On your Jiu-Jitsu journey, you will experience both success as well as failure. This is a sport that will teach you how to deal with the difficulties that life throws at you. Did you lose your job? It’s okay! You will find another one.
Similar to getting tapped out, there are always opportunities to get better and increase your situation. Once you develop the “Jiu-Jitsu mindset”, you’ll notice that all of your problems become less and less troublesome, and that you can push through obstacles much more easily.